LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say the homicide rate in Los Angeles last year was the lowest in more than four decades.

Police Chief Charlie Beck is due to announce the end-of-year-crime numbers for 2010 at a news conference Tuesday.

The nation’s second-largest city last year saw around 300 homicides, the fewest since 1967, even though the population has risen by about 30 percent.

Last year was Beck’s first full year as chief and, despite budget cuts, he prioritized a dropping crime rate. The trend was initiated by his predecessor, William Bratton.

The city’s worst year for homicides was 1992, when 1,092 people were slain.

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  1. Richard in Castaic says:

    It’s always funny to watch the Police rush forward to take credit when the crime rate drops, but when the rate increases, are we to assume that if they are responsible for it when it drops, they are also responsible for the rate when it increases?

    The crime rate is such a nebulous, slippery statistic, for starters, why are we never told exactly how the data is collected, compiled, adjusted, weighted, normalized and averaged?

    Most people with a high school education realize that an impossibly large number of uncontrollable externalities within a society influence the crime rate. The fabulous theater and comic spectacle of the Police covering themselves in glory when the published crime rate drops is a joy to behold.

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